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MoU Saga: JNC Calls For Dialogue With Gov. Abiodun To Avert Industrial Disharmony

The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, Ogun State Council has called for an interface meeting with the state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun so as to nip in the bud possible industrial disharmony in the state civil and public service.

The Council noted that the meeting became necessary one year after the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the state government with the Ogun State Organised Labour.

This was contained in a letter written to the governor dated September 23rd, 2021 by Comrade Olusegun Adebiyi, Council Secretary, and made available to newsnigeriaonline.com.ng in Abeokuta on Thursday.

Comrade Adeniyi in the letter titled ‘Request for immediate audience with the state governor’ stated that the council at its emergency meeting held in September 22nd, 2021 reviewed in details the September 18th, 2020 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by state government with the state organised labour.

Adding that at the end of the meeting, the council, an affiliate of Trade Union Congress (TUC) drew its conclusion that the MoU implementation has grossly unimpressive morale-dampening and ultimately sending helpless state employees to their early graves.

He said: “Further, it painfully observed the lackluster attitude and lack of genuine commitment of the state government towards coursing any policy whatsoever to alleviating the fast deplorable noticeable living conditions of its direct workforce.

“Council regretfully highlighted that what are at issues still subsist in spite of the signed MoU and pronouncements at different fora of Your Excellency, especially at the 2021 May Day Rally.

“For clarity, the issues include proposed amendment (s) on State Contributory Pension Law; 19 months of non payment of deductions. Gratuity payment and matters arising.

“Others are unpaid seven years arrears of statutory leave allowance. Adopted snail speed on staff promotion, amongst others.

“It is obviously compelling therefore to respectfully request that a purposeful interface be conveyed with Your Excellency so as to nip in the bud possible industrial disharmony in the state civil/public service.

“It is appropriate to reiterate that council reposes its absolute confidence in dialogue which as it were, was the ultimate outlet to collectively find lasting solution to the workers present predicament, rather than resort to disruption of norms.

“Council strongly recommends that the proposed inevitable meeting be held at the earliest possible time.”

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